Share Our Strength is ending hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad, through our campaigns, like No Kid Hungry, which will end childhood hunger in the United States, and Cooking Matters, which helps low-income families learn to shop and cook healthier.
Share Our Strength is a nonprofit that relies on the financial support of everyday Americans – as well as companies, restaurants and charitable foundations – to feed children. Your support helps ensure that every child gets three healthy meals every day.
In our 2020 fiscal year, Share Our Strength raised $159.8 million (total revenue) and spent $86.3 million (total expenses). Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
Many of the donations we received during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic were spent in our 2020 fiscal year to meet the urgent needs of the communities we serve, from emergency grants for schools to critical legislation needed to help kids and families. (This information covers only our 2020 fiscal year, which ended June 30 of last year.)
Since then, we have continued to use these contributions to address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on children living with hunger – today and during the long recovery ahead.
How Your Support Feeds Kids
In our 2020 fiscal year, our total expenses were $86.3 million. We spent 76% of that on programmatic work. That includes grants to schools to help them buy supplies and equipment; staff working on the ground in communities across the country; awareness campaigns that help families find meals; research and funding for pilot projects; food skills education; and advocacy work to push for federal, state and local laws that help feed more kids.
The rest goes toward fundraising (18%) and management and general activities (6%). These expenses are critical support for our mission. We’re able to help feed so many kids because we have a dedicated staff generating resources. That includes fundraising, communications, technical support and other critical needs.
Our goal is to make sure no child in America goes hungry, and that takes more than just food – it takes funding, infrastructure and a dedicated team of people.
Where the Money Comes From
The work of No Kid Hungry is funded in many ways. From donations made by ordinary people to gifts from charitable foundations to the support of companies large and small. Relying on a wide range of funding sources means we’re able to grow and support more schools and community groups feeding kids.
In our 2020 fiscal year, our total revenues were $159.8 million.
For a more comprehensive picture of how the No Kid Hungry campaign feeds children and how your donations make it possible, check out our most recent annual report. You can also see our most recent Form 990 and review our 501(c)3 affirmation letter. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and our federal tax identification number (also known as our employer identification number) is 52-1367538. Share Our Strength is committed to efficiency and transparency. In applying the accounting standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related to joint costs of informational materials and activities that include a fundraising appeal, Share Our Strength identified activities as program, management and general, and fundraising in the following categories: a) education and awareness about hunger and food insecurity and b) volunteer recruitment, mobilization and management. Taste of the Nation, No Kid Hungry Dinners, Chefs Cycle, and the like - as well as direct mail/email communications - are platforms or vehicles used to accomplish one or more of the goals defined above (education and awareness, volunteers). As such, the activities performed for each platform may be program-specific, fundraising, management and general, or joint (i.e., a combination of fundraising and program). These efforts help advance our mission to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. As a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal taxation, we ensure our donors’ money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible